Serie A outfit Roma have been handed a significant boost to plans for their new stadium, after the local council approved its construction.

The club must still gain the acceptance of the Regione Lazio before any work can begin, but the decision from the council is thought to be an essential step going forward.

Roma are expected to move to the Tor di Valle area of the capital city in 2016 to begin a new chapter in their history, and the venue will be a small downsize on their current Stadio Olimpico home, to hold 60,000 supporters.

There has been public dismay with the plans throughout the stadium’s planning stages, but club chiefs look to have persuaded important stakeholders into giving it the green light.

Roma President, James Pallotta, said: “There will be no construction costs for the city of Rome. I’ve read many comments which aren’t entirely clear; all costs are aimed at creating 3,000 jobs.

“Together with the work on the airport, this will be valuable for Rome. The stadium will be an economic shot in the arm for the entire city.

“Those who are opposed to the project haven’t thought about how it will benefit the city.”

Posted on 23/12/2014